Alabama football fans offer support after coach Nick Saban tests positive for COVID-19

Will Backus
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama football coach Nick Saban has tested positive for COVID-19

It was announced  Wednesday that Saban was showing mild symptoms including a "runny nose," which would prevent the designation of a false positive. 

It means Saban will miss Saturday's Iron Bowl matchup against rival Auburn. It will be the first time that Saban has not been on the sideline for the Crimson Tide since Dec. 28, 2006. 

Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will replace Saban on Saturday. 

Saban previously tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 14, days before the Georgia game. Saban entered self-isolation and continued daily testing, eventually registering the three negative tests required to confirm the first one as a false positive, allowing him to coach against Georgia.

Following the news, Alabama fans reached out on social media to offer their support.   

Alabama football fans support Nick Saban after he's positive COVID-19

Others took the chance to express confidence in Sarkisian, who was Washington's coach from 2009-13 before leaving for the same position at USC from 2014-15. Some have already dubbed it "Sark Week," aping the Discovery Channel's popular annual event, "Shark Week."